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Could failing to get health insurance make you a prisoner?

Posted in Health Care Policy, Medicolegal with tags , , on November 7, 2009 by drbobbs

ThePrisonerAccording to Michigan Republican Representative David Camp, the answer is yes:

When confronted with this same issue during its consideration of a similar individual mandate tax, the Senate Finance Committee worked on a bipartisan basis to include language in its bill that shielded Americans from civil and criminal penalties. The Pelosi bill, however, contains no similar language protecting American citizens from civil and criminal tax penalties that could include a $250,000 fine and five years in jail.

“The Senate Finance Committee had the good sense to eliminate the extreme penalty of incarceration. Speaker Pelosi’s decision to leave in the jail time provision is a threat to every family who cannot afford the $15,000 premium her plan creates.

Why Trial Lawyers Will Love Democrat Health Reform Bill

Posted in Health Care Policy, Medicolegal with tags , , on October 31, 2009 by drbobbs

Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website reports that the Pelosi Health Care Bill Blows a Kiss to Trial Lawyers:

Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes caps on damages.

I guess I’ve got a different definition for “incentive”.

Hush hush, keep it down now, voices carry

Posted in Economics of Health Care, Health Care Policy with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by drbobbs

FreedomOfSpeechAccording to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) it is un-American for people who disagree with their proposed healthcare reforms to voice their opinion.  But I thought dissent is the highest form of patriotism.  Aren’t these alleged un-Americans simply speaking truth to power?

In the op-ed, Pelosi and Hoyer claim “Americans strongly [support] health insurance reform [and that]…Congress [has reached a] consensus on a plan…”  But pollster Scott Rasmussen’s data tells a different story:

There’s also the reality that 74% of voters rate the quality of care they now receive as good or excellent. And 50% fear that if Congress passes health-care reform, it will lead to a decline in the quality of that care.

As for the Congressional “consensus” on healthcare reform, members of Pelosi’s own party have been trying to tell her that she doesn’t have the votes.

It’s no wonder that the Democrats feel compelled to paint those who disagree with their healthcare reform proposals as un-American and to make believe that there is broad support for these proposals among both the general public and the nation’s legislators.  The alternative is to accept the fact that most Americans have strong reservations about such sweeping changes to healthcare finance and delivery, especially when such changes take the form of 1000 page long tomes that legislators feel they should not bother to read, let alone analyze, prior to voting on them.

More “free” health care nonsense

Posted in Economics of Health Care with tags , , on March 26, 2009 by drbobbs

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the economics of health care:

This is not only about the health of individuals in our country, which will be justification enough [to expand governtment programs to provide health care]. It’s about the competitiveness of our businesses to make them globally competitive because they are competing with companies and countries where the federal government — their governments — pay for health care. They don’t have to bear those health care costs.

They don’t?  Then who does?  Someone is paying for that health care.  The recipients of said health care and/or their fellow taxpayers are paying for it.  But if we use the word “competitive” frequently enough, maybe no one will notice we are ignoring inescapable economic realities.